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International Health Experts Discuss African Ebola Outbreak Responses

News outlets discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Africa with international health experts.

Agence France-Presse: U.N. envoy says ‘war’ on Ebola could take six more months
“The U.N.’s Ebola envoy said Monday the fight against the epidemic was a ‘war’ which could take six more months, as its global health body claimed the disease was affecting an ‘unprecedented’ number of medical staff. David Nabarro, a British physician the United Nations appointed to coordinate the global response to the crisis, was in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown for the fifth day of a tour of the region…” (Johnson, 8/25).

AllAfrica: West Africa: With Better Ebola Response, ‘Outbreak Would Be Over’ — CDC’s Tom Frieden
“As a fifth African country on Sunday announced Ebola deaths, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), left for Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the hardest-hit countries. Friday afternoon he spoke by phone from his Atlanta, Georgia, office with AllAfrica’s Tami Hultman about the Ebola toll and what he expects from his visit…” (Hultman, 8/25).

Democracy Now!: Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Health Care at Root of Crisis
“As the death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak nears 1,400, two American missionaries who received experimental drugs and top-notch health care have been released from the hospital. We spend the hour with Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer discussing what can be done to stop the epidemic and the need to build local health care capacity, not just an emergency response…” (Gonzalez/Goodman, 8/22).

Washington Post: Looking for leadership in the Ebola epidemic
“…Dr. Joanne Liu, a physician who leads [Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF)] International Board and International General Assembly, has … called the Ebola outbreak ‘unprecedented’ and says it needs an equally extraordinary response. We spoke with her by telephone on Thursday from Geneva, a week after she returned from 10 days in West Africa, about MSF’s response to the epidemic and the leadership in the region…” (McGregor, 8/25).

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